APRIL 2020 was the deadliest month on record for England and Wales after 88,153 died across the two countries.
The grim tally is more than double the amount of people who died in April 2019 (44, 123) as coronavirus reached its peak in the UK.
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The figures suggest that during the height of the pandemic, people in England and Wales were dying at twice the rate of a normal month.
London was hit even harder, suffering three times as many deaths this April than the same month the year before.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that until now, January 2018 had the highest number of fatalities (64,154).
ONS statistics published today show the number of people who have died of any cause, month by month.
In January this year, 56,706 people died in England and Wales.
The figure is high, but not unheard of for winter.
It was followed by 43,555 in February and 49,723 in March.
REGION BY REGION
When comparing the number of deaths which took place in individual regions in April 2019 and April 2020, the biggest rise was in London, where the figures rose by 197 per cent.
In April this year, 12,175 deaths were recorded in the capital, three times more than the 4,102 logged in the same month last year.
In the West Midlands, the number of deaths rose from 4,527 in April 2019 to 9,932 in April 2020.
In the North West, which includes Lancashire, Cumbria and Manchester, fatalities rose by 112 per cent – from 5,835 to 12,354.
The South East – which includes Surrey, Hampshire and Kent – recorded the highest number of deaths (12,823) in April 2020 when compared with any other region.
It compares to the 6,765 people who died there in April 2019.
It comes as new figures show the UK has suffered the highest rate of excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic among all countries with comparable data.
Britain registered 59,537 more deaths than usual since the week ending March 20,
equating to 891 people per million – a higher rate than any other country with the same quality of data.
The data also shows the UK is the worst hit in Europe when it comes to a percentage increase in deaths across the same period, trumped only by Peru internationally.
Yesterday, the Department of Health revealed the nation's overall death toll from the virus is now 37,460.
The true figure, however, is believed to be much higher, with data from the Office for National Statistics suggesting more than 47,000 people could have been killed by the deadly bug in Britain already.
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